Facile Exfoliation of 2D Crystalline Monolayer Nanosheets from an Amorphous Metal-Organic Framework

Jiahui Wang, Pengfei Yang, Lingmei Liu, Bin Zheng, Jing Jiang, Jian-Ping Ma, Yi Yan, Song Yang, Luo Yang, Qi-kui Liu, Yu Han, Yin Chen

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The large-scale preparation of monolayer 2D material remains a great challenge, which hinders its real application. Herein, we report a novel layered MOF, IPM-1, which is synthesized from a cage-like organic linker with extremely weak interlaminar interaction. When subjected to external disturbance, IPM-1 degenerated into an intermediate state between the crystalline and amorphous phase, in which the layers retain the in-plane two-dimension periodic structure but are misaligned in the third dimension, leading to the loss of apparent porosity and crystallinity. This amorphous IPM-1 is readily to be exfoliated into crystalline 2D nanosheets with a thickness of 1.15 nm at gram-scale, excellent thickness homogeneity, lateral size up to 10 μm, and restored microporosity. IPM-1 nanosheets exhibited high chemical stability and activity in the catalysis oxidation of alcohol, and combined the advantages of both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalyst. This work underlines that MOFs without apparent crystallinity can be idea precursors for the successful preparation of 2D crystalline monolayer nanosheets.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalCCS Chemistry
StatePublished - Jul 24 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-08-05
Acknowledgements: Y.C. thanks Prof. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Jean-Marie Basset, Enrico Traversa, Guo-Xia Jin, Xiaoyi Yi, Yi Zhang, Bin Lin, Min Liu, Hai Xu, Bo Tang, Yu-Bin Dong, Tao Yue, Dong Shi for the helpful discussion. Y. C. thanks the financial support from Central South University, NSF of China.


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